If you have a wound or a sore that hasn't significantly healed in a month's time, you should talk with your doctor about McLaren's Specialty Center and Wound Care Clinics.
The Clinics specializes in healing chronic, non-healing wounds often caused by diabetes, poor circulation or other conditions. Between three and five million Americans suffer from chronic wounds each year.
Our unique team of dedicated doctors and nurses treat more of these wounds than anyone else in the area. This includes wounds that have resisted healing after months or years of traditional treatment. Most patients' wounds heal in a few weeks.
After an initial assessment, the Clinic's multidisciplinary team puts together a treatment plan based on you specific needs. Vascularity and infection control are taken into consideration. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, specialty dressings, diet and nutrition, off-loading, and negative pressure closure assistance are just some of the adjunctive advancements used to induce healing.
Procedures are covered by most insurance plans. Financial counseling is available upon request.
Wound Care, Hyperbaric Oxygen Medicine, Anticoagulation Therapy
Master of Science in Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Saginaw Valley State University
Julie Snyder, M.A., Director
Becky Wolfington, RN, BSN, CWCN
Oxygen is essential for life and healing. Your body needs oxygen to survive. When tissue is damaged, even more oxygen is needed for healing. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen in your blood, which helps your body fight infection and stimulates healing,.
During HBOT, the patient breathes pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The air pressure in the chamber is slowly and safely increased to up to three times the normal air pressure. This enables the lungs to gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at a normal air pressure.
After a series of treatments in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, patients often see improved healing of chronic wounds. HBOT can be used in combination with other wound treatments. It is most commonly used to treat:
- Diabetic foot wounds
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Chronic bone infections (osteomyelitis)
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Crush injuries and traumatic wounds
- Radiation tissue damage
Beyond treatment of chronic wounds, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is used to treat carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation.